It’s not that Des Barres dislikes Almost Famous. In fact, every time she bashes it during our conversation, she is careful to remind me that she doesn’t want to sound like “a bitter old jerk.” “I’m not saying it wasn’t a good movie,” she says, right before making an argument for why it’s not a good movie. In reality, all of her actual groupie girlfriends love Almost Famous, mostly for characterizing them as more than stupid young girls who’d throw themselves, lemming-like, off any stage for a man who asked them to do so. According to Des Barres and her girlfriends, “groupie” used to carry an intensely negative connotation — something to do with the “uptight sexual nature of America” — but Crowe’s movie pushed back on that. “It was a positive look at the groupie-muse,” Des Barres says. “And I’ve been trying to redeem the word ‘groupie’ for most of my … [Read more...] about The Real Penny Lane Has a Few Things Left to Say About
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Popular programmes presented by star physicists Brian Cox and Jim Al-Khalili, along with programmes from top mathematicians Marcus du Sautoy and Hannah Fry, have taken Radio 4 by storm, but this spring they will have to make room for an old rival. From next month the arts are to push back against a tide of equations and formulae in an effort to reclaim listeners’ attention. With a season of poems retelling Homer’s Odyssey from an immigrant viewpoint, five Reith lectures from the novelist Hilary Mantel and an arty replacement for the long-running Wednesday morning show Midweek, musicians, poets and writers are staging a comeback. … [Read more...] about BBC must now do for arts what it has done for science, says R4 culture boss
They are all short wheelbase 90 models with the soft top offered with two power outputs: the $185,000 NAS-E model with 214 horsepower and 280 pound-feet (380 Nm) or the $210,000 NAS-E Plus with 320 horsepower and 309 pound-feet (420 Nm). Both versions come with the same 60 kWh battery pack that provides a claimed 200 miles (322 km) of range; charging speed is up to 22 kW. … [Read more...] about Land Rover Defender Turned Into Limited Series 4×4 EV Is Headed To U.S.
Every Christmas the gifts would arrive for me. So exquisitely wrapped. You can't imagine the ribbons and paper and satin and silks that were lavished on a box. While I wrote a note of thanks for Jayne's knitted sable stole and the box of Manolo Blahnik shoes in absolutely my taste and size (Lily Safra's gift), I had a feeling I just wasn't getting it right. … [Read more...] about The brutal, bitchy world of the billionaire wives: After marrying media tycoon Conrad Black, BARBARA AMIEL revelled in her new-found wealth. But as she reveals in the final part of her new memoir, she soon confirmed that money can’t buy true friends
But a half-year into an ongoing human tragedy and economic calamity that has drained the cultural lifeblood of the city, neither Schumacher - who is also chairman of the Broadway League trade group - nor anyone else knows for sure when the nation's premier performing arts district will start up again. The earliest estimates for some of New York's concert halls and theaters to resume are spring 2021; a few new productions, such as "The Music Man" with Hugh Jackman and "Plaza Suite" with Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, have announced early spring beginnings on Broadway. Even so, those involved in the planning say privately that it could be autumn 2021 before venues reopen. … [Read more...] about New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain.